Now is a critical time of year for monitoring the spread of White Nose Syndrome which has spread to Washington State and threatens our BC bats. If you have found a dead bat, please contact us ASAP at 604-989-1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come collect the carcass for testing. Remember never to touch a bat with bare hands. The Wildlife Project also welcomes information about bat roosts on the Sunshine Coast. If you have bats roosting in your attic, roof, shed, garage, bat house, or wood pile, please let us know. If you are not on the Sunshine Coast, please visit the Community Bat Programs of BC to contact the coordinator for your region... http://www.bcbats.ca/index.php/contact-us
Seeking Applicants for Best Student Summer Job Ever!
Awesome opportunity for those who love animals and spending time in the outdoors and want to have a lot of fun while making a positive difference for wildlife and the natural environment.
The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project, in partnership with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, is seeking to hire up to four university-level summer students in 2018.
Job Description: The students will assist with wildlife research and habitat stewardship activities on the Sunshine Coast. They will participate in field surveys of wildlife to characterize species presence and distribution, identify critical sites for wildlife, and inform conservation of species at risk on the Sunshine Coast. The students will assist in some of the following project activities: amphibian terrestrial and aquatic surveys; turtle nesting and live trapping surveys; bat mist netting, acoustic surveys and roost counts; owl and goshawk call-playback surveys and nest searches; swallow nest monitoring; and habitat assessment and mapping. In addition, the students will also participate in habitat enhancement activities such as shoreline naturalization, wetland restoration, and installation of wildlife nest boxes. Finally, the students will help with outreach to Sunshine Coast residents to encourage sound community stewardship of wildlife and their habitats through such activities as workshops, children’s programs, outreach tables, site visits, and development of habitat enhancement plans.
Duration of Employment: May 1– August 3, 2018 (14 weeks). Salary: $17/hour + benefits, 40 hours per week.
Qualifications: We are seeking up to four highly-motivated university student pursuing post-secondary studies, including undergraduate or graduate students, in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Resource Management, or related fields. Candidates must have driver’s licenses and their own vehicle, be physically fit, able to work independently, available to work some weekends and nights and in all weather conditions, and extremely comfortable working in the outdoors. Previous experience conducting field surveys of wildlife preferred. Previous experience with habitat restoration or enhancement projects preferred. Knowledge of the flora and fauna of coastal BC preferred. Previous experience working with the public a plus. Previous experience with data management and/or GIS mapping a plus.
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for these position, applicants must:
• be between 15 AND 30 YEARS OF AGE at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
About the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project: Since 2006, the Wildlife Project and has been taking action to conserve, restore and enhance habitat on the Sunshine Coast and implement on-the-ground threat abatement measures to ensure the survival of wildlife species. Activities include wildlife surveys and monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement, public engagement, and community-based stewardship. Wildlife Project Goals are: (1) To Identify, Protect, Restore & Enhance Wildlife Habitat by conducting surveys to identify occupied sites and delineate critical habitat and by working with stakeholders and community members to maintain, restore and enhance these habitats; (2) To Sustain Populations of Target Species in the long-term by assessing populations and taking action to mitigate threats and work with residents and stakeholders to ensure that appropriate management and recovery strategies are implemented; and (3) To Educate & Engage Community Members, increasing public awareness of the conservation status and habitat needs of local wildlife species, and encouraging stewardship through partnerships, outreach, and community involvement. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/coastwildlife
How to Apply: The application deadline is March 25, 2018. Please send a cover letter and resume (including names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 references) by email to Project Leader, Dr. Michelle Evelyn: email@example.com
Community members are warmly invited to come join us to build their own home for wildlife or care for their mason bees at one of our upcoming Wildlife Workshops. Build a bat house, bee house, swallow box, or owl box from one of our easy-to assemble kits ($40). Bring in your bee tubes or blocks to clean cocoons for winter storage.
- Nov 12, Sechelt Legion, 5591 Wharf Ave, Sechelt
- Nov 18, Iris Griffith Centre, 15200 Hwy 101, Madeira Park
- Nov 19, Frank West Hall, 1224 Chaster Rd, Gibsons
Have Fun! Help Wildlife! Suitable for all ages! Drop by any time between noon and 4pm
It's time to clean your bee cocoons! If you are raising Mason Bees, come join us at one of our upcoming workshops - Sechelt Legion (Nov 12), Iris Griffith Centre (Nov 18), Frank West Hall (Nov 19). Drop by any time from noon to 4pm for help cleaning your bee cocoons and preparing them for winter storage. If you would like to become a bee steward, you can build or pick up a bee house.
Thanks so much to the wonderful students from L'Ecole du Pacifique for helping us build homes for bats on Halloween! Merci beaucoup aux merveilleux etudiantes de L'Ecole du Pacifique qui nous aident à construire des maisons pour les chauves-souris à l'Halloween!